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Being a pet parent is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. To your dog or cat, you are the whole world. They practically worship every step you take. Well, this is more obvious with dogs. Cats like to pretend as though they don’t care about you, but you know your feline friend loves your company.
When you’re at home, your pets are at ease and content. But do you know how they feel when you’re not around? While cats are rather independent and enjoy taking long naps during the day, dogs are wired quite differently.
Most dog owners notice that their pets become destructive or disruptive when they are away from home. Your dog may start crying, howling, or barking continuously when it is left alone. Other signs include urination or defecation inside the house as well as destroying household items like pillows, cushions, furniture, etc. While most people think this is a sign that their dog needs to be trained in-house manners, the reason is a lot deeper than simply being impolite.
What Is Separation Anxiety?
If you think that only human suffer from mental illnesses, then you need to take a closer look at your four-legged friends. Animals experience complex emotions just like people. This makes them susceptible to various psychological conditions, one of which is separation anxiety.
You may find this hard to believe, but your dog becomes destructive and tears your home apart because it misses you while you’re gone. This type of anxiety kicks in when the pet is separated from its owner. Separation anxiety is a serious behavioral problem that causes tremendous amounts of emotional distress to both the animal as well as the owner.
Separation anxiety is more often seen in dogs than cats because canines are more attached to their owners. This condition can affect dogs of any breed or age, and it is, unfortunately, one of the most common reasons why owners give up their pets.
The Causes Of Separation Anxiety
It is not known for certain what causes this behavioral problem in pets because it doesn’t affect all of them. Separation anxiety can occur even in multiple-pet homes. It is understood that dogs that have suffered abuse before or have changed several homes are more susceptible to this condition. A previous traumatic separation may also cause the animal to become anxious when left alone.
The most common trigger for separation anxiety is leaving the pet alone at home. Other triggers including change in routine, a new home, or even the entry of a new person into the family
There may be different causes for separation anxiety in different pets, but the response is pretty much the same. Your veterinarian will know more details on how to identify and tackle separation anxiety in your pet.